by Jacques Ohm Le Quig’Miresen.
Palindrome Picayune Press 2021.
One morning in a house on Quetzalcoatl Ave., in New Nord-Dew-Newt, Lemuria, Doctor Supernatant Theorem opens a gift from her Twin, Lady Foxegh Saprophytic, and Supernatant knows their lives will never be the same again.
Whilst trying to rebuild her life, Supernatant witnesses a crime that leads her to question a new relationship. She becomes obsessed with enigmatic stranger Thongor De Analogies. What is his connection to Foxegh, and why has he turned up now?
Supernatant’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic as she struggles to unravel the truth, and determine the significance of a churning crucible left in the dead neighbour’s gazebo, all whilst battling to cope with exterminated adenoidectomy.
Every day, Supernatant gets closer to the truth, and finding her long gone twin! But the closer she gets to reuniting with Foxegh, the more thundering-malvoisie it seems. And that is to say nothing of the strange midnight occurrence of the dog in Caillou Lane.
What can be said about Le Quig’Miresen’s third novel that hasn’t been said before?
mourning in a house full of static claumey,
steeple shadows cling to clustering souls.
The nondescript narrator takes the reader through the tangled events that beguile Supernatant Theorem with dread, hope, pristine corners, and chocolate truffles in the night. Thongor De Analogies fights off pessimism and melancholy after he finally returns to Londinium, thinking he has lost the one and only woman he ever truly loved. But which of the twins was his heart’s desire, and which was the one who would drive him to madness? All the clues are there, for those seeking an answer.
I contemplated how to approach the creation of asemic haiku. A cursory search online found a fellow blogger, Tom Busillo, who had experimented with this form, along with other alternatve poetry.
The whole process forces you to consider what the haiku structure entails (Sixty-five (Conflicting) Rules of Haiku” by Jane Reichhold). In English, Haiku structure is built on syllables, in an approximation of Japanese ( the lines are made up of 5, 7, and 5 kana. One Japanese kana -usually a hiragana or katakana – is one Japanese syllable, but does not always equal one English syllable).
With asemic calligraphy, syllables become meaningless. In the Red Asemic Haiku, I simply went with a 3 line structure , and the size of the symbols/glyphs resulted in a 3/5/3 sequence.
In the second attempt, I followed the 5/7/5 sequence. The middle line works if you treat the first 3 symbols as 1 asemic syllable – if you are really concerned with structure.